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July 5, 2021
such a blessing from Making A Lather

I spent Sunday with this little guy. He is such a blessing. He is our 11th Grandchild, 9 of them are boys. I had 4 boys and 1 girl. So we are used to boys around here. Here is the quilt I made for him.

All my Carolina chain blocks are in set of 4... all 1 million. I can do this on this quilt because each row has an even number, and doubles.

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July 3, 2021
easy blocks from Making A Lather

I haven't dug into the dark scraps yet for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

I just have been working on the same old stuff - easy breezy

I am going to need to cut more yet again

waffle stamp blocks

I saw this truck in a parking lot and thought it was beautiful and timely.

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May 7, 2021
john wayne quilt from Making A Lather

 I have a finish, but, it's not my quilt. This is a customer quilt made for a John Wayne fan. The back is as cool as the front. I didn't have any cowboy designs. - not a lot of need here in the midwest. So, I did a little research about John Wayne, made a list of his movies, and wrote them with thread on the quilt. I did it free hand, so, I knew it would be wonky, so, I went wonky on purpose. I really like how it turned out.

the man who shot liberty valance

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May 5, 2021
to do: find my mojo from Making A Lather

 I am not sure where my mojo went, but, I think I know that I suffered from 'finish it 'obsession. And, I have plenty to obsess about finishing in quilting. But, if that is all I do, obsess, check lists, and worry about how much I am not doing, then, the fun is gone.

Sometimes, I just get tired of the mess. And I want to scoop it all into a large trash bag.

This time of year, I love the outdoors, but, I spend too much time "finish it" sewing. I need to remember to take time to enjoy ...

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April 30, 2021
almost finishes from Making A Lather

With my mojo gone, I have just been tinkering with this and that. I have some almost finishes.

asterix s for the full stop quilt that Angela is doing. I still need to sash and join.

A rug hooking flower mat. I have the flower finished and I am working on the background.

I started making a journal from scraps of cardboard. Now, I need to cover it with something pretty. I think I need to add some gratitudey things as well.

I have snoopy wiggle time quilted, I just need to bind it.

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April 14, 2021
what I am working on from Making A Lather

 A little bit here and there. I found some bright 4 patches in my reorganization of the project selves. I think I was planning on making a stepping stone quilt with them. In any event, I brought them over to work on as more of a leader/ ender. 

I need to cut more upcycled shirts for the anvil blocks. I really like making these. Each one looks so nice. 

These are the little easy breezy blocks made with 1 1/2 inch squares. I still have some cut and ready to sew.

I tried  a new bread recipe - honey orange ...

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April 7, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

I am rounding up all the light carolina chain blocks and finishing the cutting, and, sewing the ones I need for the quilt. I have many of the dark ones made as well, but, I am trying to get the light ones to the finish. I found some more tucked away. I thought they were dark background. I've cut some more dark squares to finish what I need.

I have made a few blocks for quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. I work on these a little at a time.

Winter has been hard on our trees. We ...

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April 4, 2021
Happy Easter from Making A Lather

 Happy Easter

He rose from the dead that we may have eternal life.

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March 11, 2021
to do: sew off book from Making A Lather

I have been trying to stick to just my projects that are goals for the month. But, every now and again, I just need to sew a block for any other project.  I am using recycled shirts to sew these anvil blocks. Since I am still cutting for this shirt quilt, the box is near my machine. I pass by them on my way to sew, and I just needed to make a few.

other anvil blocks here

We are still collecting sap from our maple trees. This may be the last week. It isn't getting below freezing at ...

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March 1, 2021
more wonky courthouse from Making A Lather

I mentioned here that I was cleaning my scrappy work table and started a quilt.... just like that. This will be my third wonky courthouse steps. I haven't even quilted the first two. I have more strings and crumbs than I have time. These go so quickly and are such great fun. I am aiming for 63 blocks this time. I had a basket that I almost emptied, but, it is only one of several. So I filled it again with more.

lots of great leftovers in here

It's time in Indiana for maple syrup. We have a ...

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February 23, 2021
to do: 2 inch scraps from Making A Lather

We are melting snow around here.

The scraps are taking over. I have been working on finishing this year, and, that in itself makes scraps. But, since I am not really starting anything new, I am not using scraps much. If it were not for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I wouldn't be using my scraps at all.

I spent some time cutting scraps into 2 inch strips. I knew my neutrals were getting low, and I had a few pieces not much bigger than that to cut.

I weighed these at 1 pound 14 ounces. Quilted ...

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February 22, 2021
JOURNALING from Kwilty Pleasures

I encourage each of you to journal your creative journey.
It doesn't have to be anything elaborate.
Just keep a list of your projects each year.

Maybe write the who, what, when, where and why
about the project!  What you enjoyed, what wasn't so fun.
Did you learn anything while making the project.
I don't spend money of elaborate journals, stickers and such.
I make my fabric covers for Compositions books.

Here is my 2021 journal made with Allison Glass fabrics.
Front, Back and inside pocket flaps.
And I have a pen tab which sometimes I forget ...

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February 19, 2021
snow and stars from Making A Lather

 Like everyone else in middle America, we have snow. Our county received 9 inches overnight. It was beautiful and fluffy everywhere. And the prediction is for more over the weekend.

view from the backdoor

toward the garage

hubby making it safe

What a great opportunity to sew uninterrupted. I feel for those without power. Although, I have a people powered treadle machine, light to see by, requires electricity. And, our water is a well and pump that also needs electricity. We have had power. So, I have the border on Boxy stars. This is an older UFO from 2016. And ...

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December 15, 2020
to do: clean cutting table from Making A Lather

I had a big milestone yesterday - I added the finished in 2021 tab to the top of the page. I felt hopeful. Not that I can't add one last quilt to 2020.

I think I need to spend the rest of this year cleaning up from all the projects this year, and, try to get a bit more organized for next year. First, I need to reclaim my cutting table. I find, that I will travel around the house to cut, since the cutting table is a mess. It's embarrassing, but, I am sure it will be fun ...

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November 24, 2020
to do: cut more baby wiggle from Making A Lather

I had a sew day last Thursday, and, I decided to work on a baby quilt I have had cut for a couple of years. I love cynthia Brunz's wiggle time pattern and wanted to try something with these fabrics. I discovered that I had cut 2 strips wrong, and, that meant, I didn't have enough fabric to finish it. I think it will be ok if I mix background fabrics.

Even though, it is not Thanksgiving yet. I baked bread, and loved the smell of that in the house. It just seems like  the holidays. We bought ...

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November 23, 2020
this and that from Making A Lather

I visited with my endocrinologist, last week, and my diabetic numbers are down from the first part of the pandemic, but still need a little more help. We talked about how I haven't been exercising, with the pandemic rising and cold weather. I have been afraid to go to the gym. She said she thought it would be safe enough, since, they have more than likely been following protocols. hmm.. She is a doctor, so today, I will start going to the gym again. Wish me luck.... that I don't get sick, and that, I can do more ...

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November 20, 2020
shine quilt top from Making A Lather

We had a wind advisory last week, and this, is what we found. This wasn't the part of the tree that we had been worried about splitting. I clean up from retreat and hubby cleans up outside. Four of our dead ash trees in the back blew down as well.

Hubby has been busy trying to clean  the area. We were grateful it didn't fall in the road.

I finished the shine top from this year's rainbow scrap challenge project. This was a great block and easy enough to do, and, it uses a jelly roll or ...

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November 7, 2020
guild workshop from Making A Lather

 Last Saturday, I taught a workshop for my guild, making the shine block and quilt. I am inspired by other's choices.

all pink jelly roll

really pretty Christmas jelly roll

fun Christmas jelly roll

I did get one row put together while the other's were sewing. But, I didn't get enough pictures of the other choices.

my costume - I was the only one

I made the orange cross blocks that I was missing for the row x row quilt and the rainbow scrap challenge. I am also missing a second turquoise row.

And, it is now, part ...

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October 31, 2020
more yellow from Making A Lather


Hubby and I decided to make a pumpkin this year. Our hands won't do the whole carving bit.

I have the 2 yellow rows I need for my row x row quilt finished. Not too exciting, but, progress. It looks nice with autumn leaves.

And this is why we don't wash scraps....

I had to wash them, hubby found them in a bag in the garage. I don't know how they got there, or where I had them. They smelled musty and gross. Most of them were big pieces. but, there were smaller pieces, too. Now ...

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September 25, 2020
Design imagery, past work, sketchbook pages, investigation, sampling, imagery, mark making. [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

Design imagery, past work, sketchbook pages, investigation, sampling, imagery, mark making.

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